New owners believe community newspapers future of industry

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CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers’ operations. CMI […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

E-Paper switching providers (updated)

CNJ staff Link to new e-paper Users of our online newspapers are seeing a change in providers. The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, which transitioned Thursday from Freedom Communications into Clovis Media Inc., switched from Olive to Presteligence for e-Paper service. The e-Paper is basically the print edition of the newspaper, […]

Press release: Wanted Clovis man with medical condition turns self in

On February 15, 2012, at approximately 10:00 AM, Robert Gutierrez, on his own accord, went to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment. On January 27, 2012, the New Mexico Department of Health was granted a Temporary Order of Protection by District Court requiring that Mr. Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility due to an […]

Change to city golf course exciting

I would like to thank the city of Clovis for the new plans for the Municipal Golf Course space. Keeping the par-3 course open will provide opportunities for youth programs, academic programs through Clovis Community College, and an alternative to the 18-hole course for golfers. I am especially, excited, however, about the majority of the […]

Local film company launching web series

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell From left, Gabrielle Vigil, James Perkins and Will McGrath talk shop Monday afternoon on the main set of their Internet series, “Extragalactic Black.” McGrath said the series will be airing on the Web this week and previews of the show have had excellent audience reactions. Alisa Boswell A local film […]

Ute water project may receive more money

CNJ staff Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up the […]

Press release: Ute Water Pipeline Project receives federal dollars

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA) would like to applaud the Obama Administration and our New Mexico Congressional Delegation for their efforts to allocate approximately $3 million towards the construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Project.

Wednesday morning brief: In search of blood and Mister Ed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Blood drive United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. Plaza exhibit The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas […]

Storm drops snow on area

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Courtesy photo: Gilrobert Rennels Muleshoe received 3 inches of snow Sunday, delaying school buses Monday by two hours. A few minor vehicle accidents asssociated with the snow were report. Tonjia Rolan A winter snow storm swept through the area Sunday, dropping 1/2 inch of snow, sleet and ice on Clovis and Portales, according to the […]

Bill tracker

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Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Smart aleck valentines available

You can order my new batch of Valentine’s Day cards at SmartAleckSloan.com Here are the fronts and backs: • “You are the Super Bowl of women — The hype is better than the game” • “There’s a thin line between love and hate — And you’ve crossed it” • “I don’t like to make mountains […]

Resolution making can be dangerous business

Curtis Shelburne Please forgive me for beginning here with a probably painful query, but, if I may ask, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Maybe a better question at this point in the calendar is not how they’re coming but if you even remember the resolutions that you made! I very effectively solved […]

Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

Monday morning briefing: Industrial plans, a joyful noise and a president’s eyes

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch There’s a special meeting noon today at Portales city hall to outline the city’s industrial park master plan. It’s open to the public. A joyful noise The Vienna Boys Choir concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium in Clovis. General admission […]

Feral swine running wild in eastern New Mexico

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Courtesy photo: Alan May, State Director USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services. The Department of Game and Fish does not regulate or manage the hunting of feral swine, therefore no permit is required and hogs may be hunted year round. Tonjia Rolan Prolific feral swine populations are ravaging eastern New Mexico range and farmland and creating an ecological nightmare, […]

amos the churchmouse: amos tries the new craze

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the keyboard shift keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos tries the new craze boss there s a new form ofhigh-class entertainmenthere […]

Letters to the editor: Candidate understands our needs

Candidate understands our needs All the candidates agree and will evidently support ensuring water is available for Clovis in the future. Likewise the candidates all support improving roads in the city. How can Clovis survive and prosper without those obvious issues being settled? There is a city commissioner candidate running in District 1 that will […]

Revenues up at some entertainment venues

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Courtesy photo: Brock Neely Carlos Mencia’s show at the Clovis Civic Center sold 950 of 1,100 tickets. Tonjia Rolan Clovis Civic Center and Curry County Events Center saw increased revenues over the past two years. This is good news to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who said entertainment industries in Clovis and Portales are important cultural […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to Maximum Time in Prison for Attempted Murder

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Gilbert, age 32, was sentenced to serve nine (9) years in prison for one (1) count of Attempted Murder, which is the maximum time for attempted murder in New Mexico. The charges stem from October 3, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an […]